16 Months - Associate of Specialized Technology Degree
The Health Information Technology program is designed to provide the knowledge and hands on skills necessary to obtain entry level employment in the health care field in areas of health information technology, medical billing and coding, medical records, and medical office administration.
The Health information Technology program provides the students with the opportunity to learn the basics of health information technology, including medical billing and coding, assembling and auditing patient health-care information, and collecting and analyzing data to improve patient care. Students will also learn to use computerized billing software and electronic health records. Students will also learn the methods of collecting patient data, calculating common healthcare statistics, and assisting in the management of a health care records department. The program concludes with an externship to provide hands-on working experience. The program is designed for the student with little or no prior experience in the field.
Graduates of the Health Information Technology program are eligible to sit for the Billing & Coding (CBCS), Electronic Health Records (CEHRS), and Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) certification exams offered by NHA. Students will sit for the CBCS exam held at the school during their last few weeks of externship. Certification is not a requirement for graduation. Graduates are also eligible to sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) examination through AAPC, although it is recommended graduates first obtain work experience. Note: Graduates are not eligible to sit for the RHIT exam.
Health Information Technology Job Placement Sites
Below is a list of employers who recently hired graduates of the Health Information Technology Program
Saint Vincent Medical Group, Erie PA
Millcreek Community Hospital, Erie PA
UPMC Hamot Coding, Erie PA
The Regional Cancer Center, Erie PA
Foot and Ankle Specialists of Ohio, Mentor OH
Arthritis Associates, Erie PA
Medicor Associates, Erie PA
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Stephanie Kranich - Health Information Technician
Great Lakes prepared me by teaching me what I need to know not only in academics, but in dealing with real life situations. I also learned how to work well with other people and developed a great group of friends.